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Damian Cole & Paul Morris (Fiesta WRC) took a dominant win on the Harry Flatters. Setting fastest times on all 5 stages they took victory by over a minute from the hard charging Tomas Davies & Wyn Thomas (Fiesta R5). Down on power compared to the WRC machinery this was a good effort, plus Davies finished over a minute ahead of Steve Simpson & Patrick Walsh, who were debuting their own Fiesta R5. Huw Reed & Anthony Hackett (Darrian T90 GTR) were the first 2WD crew home and a respectable 4th overall. Read More »

The only mixed surface event on the BRC calendar saw Fredrik Ahlin & Torstein Eriksen (Fabia R5) take victory, regaining the championship lead in the process. Osian Pryce & Dale Furniss (Fiesta R5) had lead after the opening days 8 gravel stages but they stopped on the 4th stage of the tarmac stages and with that the championship lead too. Matt Edwards & Phil Clarke (Fiesta R5) took 2nd place, 47.6 seconds behind Ahlin, to back up Edwards fine 2nd place in Ypres. Completing the podium were Rhys Yates & Alex Lee (Fiesta R5) after a tight battle with Martin McCormack & David Moynihan (Fiesta R5) with just 3.7 seconds separating the pair. In the BRC Junior category Callum Devine & Keith Moriarty (Adam R2) took overall honours. Read More »

A second visit to the sunny Ty Croes circuit saw a near capacity field tackle 10 stages, in perfect track conditions. Kevin Procter & Lesley Wray (Fiesta S2000 Turbo) were seeded at number 1 but a mistake and costly stall saw them drop behind two cars, on the opening stage. Further issues with the car and incidents on the stage saw them fall out of contention. It was the Escort MkII of Dave Willett & John Davies who took up the mantle of first on the road and they were superb all day but surrounded by 4WD machinery it was John Cope & Clive Molyneux (Impreza WRC) who took victory by 10 seconds. Completing the podium were Adrian Spencer & Mark Hewitt (Impreza WRC) just 11 seconds behind Willett and 21 seconds off Cope’s victory pace. Read More »

Heavy overnight rain dampened down the Dyfi complex of stages and it was Stephen Petch & Michael Wilkinson (Fiesta WRC) who took the lead on the opening stage. Callum Black & Elliott Edmondson (Fiesta) went fastest on the next stage to tie for the overall lead but two more fastest times for Petch followed and his lead was 4 seconds by mid event service. In the afternoon Petch was joint fastest on only one stage but critically was not beaten by Black on any stage, taking victory by 11 seconds in the end. Black was having to keep an eye on Jamie Anderson & Ross Whittock (Fiesta R5) who completed the podium, just 7 seconds further back. Read More »

Glorious sunshine bathed the 2017 Manx National rally and with a hat-trick of wins to their names Jason Pritchard & Phil Clarke (Focus WRC) looked to make it 4 wins in a row. 11 fastest stage times out of the 12 run normally would have been enough to comfortably win a rally but on the penultimate stage they were stopped for over 6 minutes. They had over 3 minutes lead at that point but the win was gone. Hugh Hunter & Rob Fagg (Fiesta R5) had been the best of the rest despite Hunter feeling unwell and took the win from Simon Bowen & Richard Robinson (Impreza WRC) by just under a minute. Read More »

A truly excellent few days in the Namur area of Belgium saw Kevin Abbring & Pieter Tsjoen (208 T16) take victory by just over 3/4 of a minute from Ghislain de Mevius & Johan Jalet (Fabia R5) with Vincent Verschueren & Veronique Hostens (Fabia R5) just over 7 seconds further back, completing the podium. Abbring had been coming under pressure during Saturday from Verschueren who had got the gap down to just over 10 seconds but then a minute dropped late on saw Abbring manage the gap through the final day to take victory. De Mevius drove excellent and picked up places as others faltered whilst Verschueren only just took 3rd place by 0.5 seconds from Guillame Dilley & Andre Leyh (i20 R5). Read More »

A superb trip to Belgium for the Rallye Salamandre saw another fine display from Florian Gonon & Michel Horgnies (Escort MkI). Gonon took victory at the death by 6 seconds from Paul Lietaer & Marc Noppe (Escort MkII) after Lietaer had been leading for most of the event. Christophe Jacob & Isabelle Regnier (Escort MkII) had been right up their in the first loop of stages but slipped back as the event progressed but still took a solid podium finish. Top British Historic crew were Darren Moon & John Connor (Escort MkII) in 5th place with Simon & Alister Crook (Escort MkII) the highest finishing RAC championship crew. Read More »

The Alan Healy saw Ian Woodhouse & Paul Rowland (Escort MkII) crowned 2017 Motorsport News Circuit Rally Champions after a considered drive to 5th place overall. With Paul Swift absent and Steve Quigley (Clio) experiencing problems it was all about getting to the finish. The battle for victory was intense and Jamie Elston & Shaun Ridlington (Impreza) were fastest on the opening stage before David Tinn & Giles Dykes (Satria Neo) took the lead on stage 2, with a fastest time. Stage 3 saw their chances of a hat-trick slip away as they dropped 35 seconds. Elston regained the lead but now it was Jonny Milner, co-driven by his daughter Katie, who moved their Celica in to the lead on stage 4. Read More »

Fine weather ensured fast action on Exmoor for the Somerset Stages Rally, as 95 crews left the start in Minehead. Stephen Petch & Michael Wilkinson (Fiesta WRC) were fastest on the opening stage and with a further 3 fastest stage times in the first 6 stages, they held a 6 second lead over Callum Black & Elliott Edmondson (Fiesta R5+). The crews then moved to the sealed surface and the two runs up the Porlock toll road saw Black claw back the 6 seconds to draw level before the final loop of gravel stages to come. Petch was fastest on the first four stages (of six) and importantly Black dropped the best part of 20 seconds on Chargot 3. Read More »

Once again Rally North Wales saw wet weather start the day before it was all change in the afternoon. Fastest times on all six stages saw Osian Pryce & Dale Furniss (Fiesta R5) take victory by over a minute. Euan Thorburn & Paul Beaton (Fiesta R5) were 2nd fastest on all the stages to secure 2nd place with Dylan Davies & Llion Williams (Impreza) just over 50 seconds further back, completing the podium. Nick Elliott & Dave Price (Escort MkII) dominated the historic part of the rally taking 6th overall in the process. Read More »